Five years a go my wife and I decided to take our small sail boat through the French canals, reaching the Med. via Paris and the Biscay via Bordeaux . Re-rigged, we proceeded to southern Brittany to cross our earlier track from the UK, achieving a sort of circumnavigation. Throughout the trip we met and enjoyed many people, experiences and events. The search for strange beasts in Paris; coping with giants on the Rhoâ out-facing bloody handed Popes in the South West; encountering heroes of Louis XIV and WW2 were sort of common daily fodder. A theme therefore emerged of Authors Dorothy and the Scarecrow following their own Yellow Brick Road ; Dorothy to find herself and the Scarecrow to get some brains and meeting the real-life heroes and villains of this French-style Munchkin-land. This is not just a travel account but seeks to explore the major features of the physical and cultural landscape. We had a medieval tapestry to find in Paris before tackling the high canals and facing the bully Rhone . With Paul Riquet we enjoyed France 's southern canals and traced the Celtish traditions and the awful events of the Cathar Herasy.
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August 05, 2011
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